(Album art links to Amazon, title links to Spotify)
1. Florence & the Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Elegant but powerful, raucous but tender. A huge step forward from the sonic sameness of Ceremonials. The biggest voice in pop has declared herself the “Queen of Peace”, and we’re not worthy.
2. Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material
Her debut had a couple good ideas, but a lot of filler. This is overflowing with the former and none of the latter. The wordplay and songcraft is second to none. The soundtrack to small town libertarianism.
3. Dead Sara – Pleasure to Meet You
A rousing, anthemic followup for the LA garage band. If Courtney Love’s tortured, ruinous existence paved the way for this band’s sound, it all would’ve been worth it.